Tot-School Summer Fun

Tot-School Summer Fun

This summer the boys wanted to have some fun with some summertime activities.  T enjoyed swimming fun, playing T-ball, eating ice cream, exploring water balloons, making crafts and special snacks too.

Summer Fun Book List

  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Mark Meyers
  • You Are My Sunshine by Caroline Jayne Church
  • Swim! by Marilyn Brigham
  • Emily’s Balloon by Komako Sakai
  • Yummy Ice Cream by Emma Quay
  • Bubble Trouble by Mary Packard
  • Maisy Makes Lemonade by Lucy Cousins
  • Swimming is Fun by Kathleen Amant
  • Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
  • I Love You, Sun I Love You, Moon I by Karen Pandell
  • Balloons Balloons Balloons by Dee Lillegard

Summer Fun Tot-Tubs

Tot-Tub #1 (top left) Scoop Ice Cream
I showed T how to use his ice cream scoop and scoop the pom-pom ice cream scoops into the muffin tin.IMG_2234

Tot-Tub #2 (top right) Summer Fun Stickers
I had a bunch of sticker (watermelon, ice cream, bubbles, baseball, etc.) for T to stick on his paper.IMG_2347

Tot-Tub #3 (middle) Watermelon File Folder Game
I printed out the Watermelon File Folder Game and cut out the pieces for T to match up with the watermelons.  The child counts how many seeds on each watermelon and matches up the correct number, but T doesn’t recognize his numbers yet so he just matched up the red part of the watermelon to the green part.IMG_2237

Tot-Tub #4 (bottom left) Cutting Fruit   
I put his wooden Melissa & Doug Fruit Cutting Set in his tot-tub.  He has loved this activity since he could sit up on his own.IMG_1968Tot-Tub #5 (bottom right) Bubble Shooter
I gave T some bubbles and a bubble gun to shoot bubble bombs in the air.

Hand Print Sunshine


  • Paper plate
  • Yellow paint
  • Paint brush
  • Black marker
  • Yellow, orange and gold construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  1. Paint the paper plate yellow and leave to dry. IMG_1836
  2. Trace around your child’s hand onto the three colors of construction paper. You will need about 12 hand prints. Cut out the hand prints.
  3. Use the black marker to draw a cheerful face on your sun.
  4. Now turn the sun over and glue the hand prints around the edge to form the rays.

Sunshine Lunch

I made a pizza bagel into a sun lunch with carrot sticks and cheese sticks as the sun rays.  For the pizza bagel I took a plain bagel and added pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni; then put it in oven until the cheese melted.  We had Capri Sun drinks too!IMG_1898

Sponge Water Bombs


  • Water
  • three 1/2-by-2 3/4-by-4 1/4-inch sponges


      1. Use new sponges, and be sure not to wet them; they are easier to cut straight out of the package.
      2. With a pen and a ruler, make five lines ½ an inch apart lengthwise on each sponge.
      3. Use scissors to cut the sponges on the lines, you should have 6 stripes for each sponge.
      4. Lay strips on top of each other in three layers, six to a layer.
      5. Scrunch them all across the middle with a piece of string and tie a very tight knot.
      6. Fluff pieces out into a ball.

Get them wet and throw them to into a pail or to get someone wet!


Water Gun Fun

T loves to shoot squirt guns.IMG_1964 IMG_1963 IMG_1961

Baseball Craft


  • Paper Plate
  • Glue
  • Red glitter
  • Scissors


  1. Use the glue to draw the red sewn on lines on the white paper plate.
  2. Sprinkle red glitter on the glue.


T likes to throw balls but he hasn’t quite mastered swinging the bat yet.IMG_2176 IMG_2180 IMG_2181 IMG_2182

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

We read Take Me Out to the Ball Game by Mark Meyers and then we shelled our own peanuts and ate Cracker Jacks.IMG_2185

Watermelon Play Dough

  1. Make a ball out of the red play dough.
  2. Flatten a piece of the green play dough.IMG_2240
  3. Wrap the green play dough around the red play dough.
  4. Use a plastic knife to cut the watermelon into slices.IMG_2246

Eat Watermelon

One of T’s favorite foods is watermelon.IMG_2300

Paper Plate Watermelon Craft


  • Red and green paint
  • Paper plate
  • Glue
  • Paint brush
  • Black beans


  1. Cut a paper plate in half.IMG_2247
  2. Paint the ridged outer area green and the inner area red.IMG_2250
  3. After it dries, glue black beans on for the seeds.IMG_2251

Lemon Prints


  • Paper
  • Lemons
  • Paint
  • Knife
  • Paper plate


  1. Cut 1 lemon in half and 1 into fourths.
  2. Pour paint onto a paper plate.
  3. Let the child dip the half and fourth pieces of lemon into the different colors of paint and press them onto their paper.IMG_2357 IMG_2358

Drink Lemonade

We had strawberry lemonade.  T really enjoyed his.IMG_2384

Water Balloons

T loved the water balloons, and  liked to throw them and let them splash open.IMG_2418 Summer Fun Study (306)_edited-1

Ice Cream Waffle Breakfast


  • Waffles
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries


  1. Cut the waffle in a triangle (cone shape).
  2. Slice the banana and place them on the small straight side of the waffle, spread them out to look like ice cream.
  3. Cut the strawberry in half and place it on the top of the bananas.IMG_2447

Eat Ice Cream

We had ice cream cones.IMG_2501

Swimming Pool

T got to help fill up the new pool.IMG_2495

Beach Ball Play

Like I said before, T loves balls including beach balls.IMG_2575 IMG_2586

Painted Beach Ball


  • Paper plate

  • Paint

  • Black Marker


  1. Draw lines to resemble the lines on a beach ball.
  2. Let the child choose which color they would like to use first and which section they would like to place it in.
  3. Have them finger paint with the paint.IMG_2558
  4. Repeat again until all the colors have been used and all the sections are filled. IMG_2559

Here is J’s painted beach ball craft.IMG_2567


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